Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s nose and, in some cases, to improve function and breathing. Sculpting the nose can improve the size and shape of the nose and balance out facial features*.

Are you a candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you’re dissatisfied with or feel self-conscious about your nose, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. Nose shaping is one of the most common cosmetic procedures and helps many patients feel comfortable and confident with their appearance.

If you have a deviated septum, history of a broken nose, or difficulty breathing through your nose, you may also benefit from rhinoplasty.

What happens during Rhinoplasty?

During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the goals of your nose shaping surgery. Surgery of the nose can reduce the overall size, change the shape of the tip, remove a “hump” from the dorsum, narrow the span of the nostrils or even change the angle of the tip of the nose. Correcting a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates may help to relieve breathing problems. Most important in a rhinoplasty consultation is clearly identifying and reviewing together the parts of your nose that you wish to change.

You may have learned that surgeons can use either a closed or open technique during your nose shaping surgery. The closed technique uses incisions located within the nostrils. The surgeon can use these incisions to access the bones and cartilage within the nose to perform reshaping. The open technique uses an additional small incision across the columella, and allows for all cartilage and bone components in the entire nose to be clearly visualized and accurately shaped. Most commonly, the open technique is used.

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What is involved in Rhinoplasty recovery?

After surgery, a splint is applied to help maintain the new shape and to protect the nose. This is normally left in place for 5-7 days. Nasal packing may be placed inside the nose for support. This will require you to breathe through your mouth for the first day until the packing is removed. The sutures are removed in 5-6 days.

You will need to rest in bed for a day or two with your head elevated. Post-surgery pain can be controlled by pain medication prescribed on an individual basis. Some patients also receive a short course of oral steroid medication to lessen inflammation. During the first week after recovery, it is important to keep your head elevated while sleeping.

Cold compresses placed on your eyes will help to reduce swelling and bruising. Bruising around the eyes can occur, and peaks two or three days after surgery and then slowly fades, disappearing within a week. Subtle swelling of the nose, unnoticeable by others, may take weeks to a few months to fully subside. Numbness of the tip, which is temporary, can be experienced for the first few weeks after surgery.

The final results of your rhinoplasty may not be apparent for several months, depending on your individual recovery and healing. The new shape is visible when the splint is removed less than a week after surgery. Don’t be surprised if your friends say they don’t notice a major change in your nose. After all, the goal is to improve appearance and function without an “overdone” or unnatural look. A small bump or an oversized tip can be improved without calling attention to itself. Straightening a crooked nose tends to produce more immediate and dramatic results.

The goal of your surgery is not only to improve your nose, but to enhance your appearance and increase your self-confidence.

Contact us today to learn more about improving the shape of your nose with rhinoplasty in Bellevue, Washington.

*Individual results and patient experience may vary.

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